• Top 3 ways to upgrade and stretch the life of your PC

With new iterations of hardware being released daily, companies can feel the pressure when it comes to upgrading PCs. There is nothing worse than having staffs productivity and morale killed with slow computers, however getting new PCs every couple of years is a terrible waste of the technology budget. So, how can this problem be solved? The answer is simple – upgrade the business' PC's strikes the balance between cost and effectiveness.  

Routine upgrades can significantly upgrade PCs performance considerably cheaper than refreshing the whole suite. Here are our top 3 recommendations:

1. RAM
Adding more memory (RAM) is always the first port of call when looking to upgrade PCs. It is the most cost effective, providing almost instant performance upgrades to slow running PCs without spending a lot.

Over the year’s business applications and even operating systems have become more strenuous for PCs memories. Older PCs that have 2GB – 4GB of RAM often can’t cope when users have multiple programs or browsers running. What could be thought of as usual behaviour to user’s can considerably slow down computer systems.

Users should consider upgrading PC’s RAM to at least 8 GB to see a performance increase. However, if users are looking to future-proof systems then 16 GB is the better option.

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SSD
Another cost effective way to upgrade PCs is to either, replace traditional HDD (Hard-Disk-Drives) with an SSD (Solid-State-Drive), or increase the SSD’s storage or form. Upgrading to an SDD drive removes one of the main bottlenecks in computing.

If users have already chosen to upgrade from an HDD to an SSD and are still experiencing performance issues then they should look to increase the SSD’s storage unless this is maxed out, in this case, users should look to change the form of their SSD from 2,5” to M2

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Graphics Card
While upgrading the graphics card in PCs might not be appropriate for all users. Those who use their computers for high-quality rendering or development will find relief in upgrading their graphics cards as it will alleviate the pressure off other components within the PC like the processor and memory.

Standard computers typically run quite happily on 512 MB even when displaying on two screens, however, if high-end users are experiencing sluggish computers then they should upgrade the storage capacity of their graphics card to at least 6 or even 8 GBs

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